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SF Giants Radio Broadcast Voted Best in MLB

“The Giants radio broadcast team was voted best in MLB by readers of The Athletic. The Rays, Mets, Rangers and Nationals broadcasts completed the Top 5.”

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The results are in after The Athletic asked subscribers to help determine the most popular radio broadcast teams in Major League Baseball.

As one of the first sports to be broadcast on the radio, baseball is often viewed as the game that best fits the medium. While baseball during a pandemic is different on TV with virtual fans, cardboard cutouts and fake crowd noise, listening to the radio broadcast can provide a rare feeling of normalcy in 2020.

According to The Athletic, nearly 7,500 subscribers voted on their favorite radio crew by responding to the following questions:

Which MLB radio broadcast do you listen to most frequently?

How would you rate your most-listened-to broadcast’s play-by-play announcing? (Scale of 1 -5)

How would you rate your most-listened-to broadcast’s color commentary? (Scale of 1 -5)

How informative do you find your most-listened-to radio broadcast? (Scale of 1 -5)

How entertaining do you find your most-listened-to radio broadcast? (Scale of 1 -5)

What do you like about your most-listened-to radio broadcast?

What do you dislike about your most-listened-to radio broadcast?

Do you prefer your team’s radio or television broadcast?

Finishing first on the list was the San Francisco Giants radio team of Jon Miller, Dave Flemming and Duane Kuiper. The Giants’ TV crew finished second overall in The Athletic’s television broadcast rankings last month. Second on the radio ranking was the Tampa Bay Rays broadcast of Andy Freed and Dave Wills who are in their 15th season on the call.

After having the top ranked TV crew, the New York Mets placed third on the radio list with Howie Rose and Wayne Randazzo. While Rose is a Mets’ encyclopedia, a lifelong fan and a longtime broadcaster, his radio partner is in just his second season as a full-timer in the booth.

The Texas Rangers radio team of Eric Nadel and Matt Hicks finished fourth, while the Washington Nationals booth featuring Charlie Slowed and Dave Jageler rounded out the top-five. Baseball icon, 86-year old Bob Uecker finished sixth alongside Jeff Levering and Lane Grindle for the Milwaukee Brewers.

The bottom five radio teams according to The Athletics survey were the Pirates at number 26, followed by the Blue Jays, Rockies, Yankees and White Sox. This season, the Rockies replaced longtime radio broadcaster Jerry Schemmel with Mike Rice, while Andy Masur is tasked with stepping in for the late great Ed Farmer in the White Sox booth.

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Kirk Herbstriet Wants To Be Held To Same Standard For NFL As College Football

“Herbstreit was on The Pat McAfee Show on Friday and he said he is already at Pro Football Focus in Cincinnati doing his research.”

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The NFL schedule was released last week, and Thursday Night Football has a lot of interesting matchups for its first year on Amazon Prime. It is also a new broadcast booth with Al Michaels and Kirk Herbstreit on the call. 

With Herbstreit now adding Thursday Night Football to College Gameday, he has already started preparing for the upcoming season. Herbstreit was on The Pat McAfee Show on Friday and he said he is already at Pro Football Focus in Cincinnati doing his research.

“I’m just trying to lay a foundation,” said Herbstreit. 

Herbstreit told McAfee that whenever anyone asks him to talk about a college team, he can quickly tell them what the DNA of that team is. Now he wants to bring that level of preparation to his NFL broadcasts. He will look at a different matchup every week this summer to get a more detailed idea of what each team is about: 

As for his connection with Al Michaels, Herbstreit mentioned he has gone out to dinner with him a couple of times and he wants to make going out to eat with his broadcast partner a frequent deal.

“Hung out with him 2-3 times. Had a chance just to get to know him. When you go into a new deal, I love like Wednesday night dinner, I want to make a staple and just hang out and get to know him and hopefully he will get to know me. When you do that, it allows you to have natural chemistry.”

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Andrew Mason To Succeed John Clayton At 104.3 The Fan

“Mason comes to The Fan from DNVR, a digital outlet where he provided written and audio content for the last three seasons.”

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John Clayton passed away earlier this year. That left 104.3 The Fan without a lead Broncos writer for the 2022 season. On Monday, the station announced that it had hired a successor in Andrew Mason.

Mason comes to The Fan from DNVR, a digital outlet where he provided written and audio content for the last three seasons.

“Mase’s work speaks for itself as one of the market’s most respected analysts when it comes to writing about and discussing the Broncos,” Raj Sharan, The Fan’s program director, said in a press release. “Replacing someone of the legendary stature of John Clayton was not something we took lightly, and we believe Mase is the perfect person to pick up that mantle and bring tremendous credibility and content to our rapidly growing digital platforms.”

Andrew Mason has a lot of credibility with Broncos fans. He has covered the team for 19 years. He has also written a book called Tales from the Denver Broncos Sideline.

The Fan won’t be his first foray into Denver radio either. Mason has previously been a host on Mile High Sports Radio and the defunct KDSP- AM.

“I’m thrilled to join The Fan team and add what I can to the efforts of building Denver’s premier online destination for Denver fans,” said Mason. “Being tasked with replacing a legend like John Clayton is a responsibility I take very seriously, and I’m honored The Fan has entrusted me with this opportunity.”

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Gregg Giannotti: ‘Drew Brees Isn’t Used To Not Succeeding’

“He’s succeeded at everything he’s ever done and then he gets into the booth and they kick him out after one year. It’s a tough spot.”

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What does the future hold for Drew Brees? Andrew Marchand reports that he is set to leave NBC. Brees himself says nothing is decided yet.

On Monday morning, Boomer & Gio discussed why the former quarterback is in this position just one year after making his broadcasting debut. Gregg Giannotti noted that if Brees was brought to NBC with the idea that he would eventually be the top game analyst, the criticism he faced last year and the network’s decision to stick with Cris Collinsworth in the Sunday Night Football booth were likely unexpected blows to his ego.

“That’s a tough spot, man, for him,” Gio said. “The guy’s been beloved his whole career. He did go through a little bit of it when people were all over his ass for saying the wrong thing one time, but here he goes. He’s succeeded at everything he’s ever done and then he gets into the booth and they kick him out after one year. It’s a tough spot.”

Boomer Esiason added that the criticism Drew Brees received for his work in the broadcast booth did not apply to his work on Football Night in America or the Sunday Night Football halftime show.

“He was good in the studio,” Boomer Esiason said. “I saw him in the studio and I liked him.”

Brees prefers calling games to work in the studio. According to Marchand’s report, that is what is at the heart of his potential exit from NBC.

The color commentator role may come with more prestige, but it isn’t easy. Esiason has experience with both positions. He calls games on the radio for Westwood One and has been a staple of CBS’s The NFL Today since 2002.

“Some guys are not meant to be game analysts, that’s all.”

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